Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - Updated: 10:50 AM
In less than one week, Lyon County voters will help decide the future of their local, state and federal government.
The 2016 general election will be held Nov. 8.
The ballot for this year’s election can be found on page C5 of this week’s Herald Ledger.
Lori Duff, County Clerk and Lyon County Board of Elections chairwoman, said she expects an above average turnout if participation at the polls is as active as early voting.
“We’re having an above average turnout in absentee voting,” Duff said Tuesday. “We’re anticipating high numbers next week. We’ve had well over 300 absentee voters or applications. That’s about double what we have for an election.”
Duff said 180 voters had already cast their ballot as of Friday on the absentee machine in her office. She expects that high turnout to carry over into next week.
Kentucky offers two types of absentee voting, paper ballots that may be mailed in, or using a designated machine in the clerk’s office.
The deadline for paper ballots was Tuesday, Nov. 1, but Duff said voters unable to make it to the polls Nov. 8 can use the machine through Nov. 7. The clerk’s office closes at 4 p.m.
Kentucky limits who can cast absentee ballots to those expecting to be out of town, unable to vote due to work, elderly or sick shut-ins and women in their final trimester of pregnancy.
“Kentucky does not have early voting, but we do have absentee voting,” Duff said. “Early voters have to sign an affidavit saying they will be out of town or why they are unable to vote. After the election that information is sent to the grand jury to check.”
Most of the attention nationally has turned to the presidential election and the contentious race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.
Other candidates for the nation’s highest office include Gary Johnson (Libertarian), Rocky De La Fuenta (American Delta Party), Jill Stein (Green Party) and Evan McMullin.
McMullin was previously a member of the Republican party, but chose to run as an independent after Trump’s nomination earlier this year.
Also shaping the federal government will be races for United States Senator and United States Representative for the 1st Congressional District of Kentucky.
Incumbent Rand Paul, a Republican, will seek to retain his Senate seat against Democrat Jim Gray.
Paul spent much of the early part of 2016 campaigning in an unsuccessful presidential bid, while Gray — two term mayor of Lexington — looks to carry momentum from the May primary where he captured 60 percent of party votes.
In state government, State Senator Stan Humphries is running unopposed for the First Senatorial District.
Incumbent Will Coursey (Democrat) faces two challengers for the Sixth House District State Representative seat, Paula Robinson (Republican) and David Watson (Libertarian).
Board of Education members Brad Ritchie, Jim Bannister and Kent Schoonover will all appear on Tuesday’s ballot for their respective districts.
All three are seeking re-election unopposed.
Both Eddyville and Kuttawa city councils will also have at least one new member after Tuesday’s election.
Current Eddyville City Council members Julie Wadlington, Leigh Ann Conger, Michael Greene, Greg Greene and Jerry Peek are all seeking reelection.
Political newcomers Tammy Stone and John Choat are also vying to join the six seat council.
In Kuttawa, Jerry Phelps, Sandra Stark, Betty Guess and Sklya Grief are joined on the ballot by Richard Mitchell, Kenny Ames and Vernon Spencer.
Stark was appointed earlier this year to fill the seat left vacant after long-time councilman Jed Walker resigned.
Polls will open at 6 a.m. Tuesday and close at 6 p.m. that night.